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06 May 2023 6:26 a.m. PST
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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2022 5:40 p.m. PST

I see yet another Batman movie is coming out

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Now, I accept that Matt Reeves is a talented director and Robert Pattinson is a great actor – but how many times is DC gonna try to have this dog hunt? I might be wrong, but this is about the 7th Batman movie telling essentially the same story. I know that Marvel has recycled Spiderman a time or two, but this seems ridiculous

Too much?

Just sayin'

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2022 6:10 p.m. PST

It looks okay, but the super-realistic, gritty, "rough" Batman has been done to death lately. And I wish Hollywood would give up their fascinations with heavy weapons and armor. Batman isn't supposed to be Iron Man. He's supposed to be "the World's Greatest Detective" who wins with his brain as much as his equipment, using strategy, tactics and fighting skills to come out on top. I'd rather they go back to the unarmored Batman of… well, aside from Adam West and the old ‘30s serials, there hasn't been a live-action "just the tights" Batman.

But my Batman of choice is Batman: The Animated Series, starring Kevin Conroy. He's the best Batman, and Mark Hamill is the best Joker. Best version of the Riddler, too, not to mention Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy and others— and of course the original Harley Quinn (who was way better than the mess they have now). Fortunately, my lovely wife gave me the entire series on Blu-Ray for Christmas, so I can enjoy a great Batman whenever I like!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Feb 2022 7:06 p.m. PST

He's not grim enough. Give him his guns back.

emckinney03 Feb 2022 8:20 p.m. PST

After "The Dark Knight," it's hard to convince me that any other Batman movie is a must-see.

Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2022 8:36 p.m. PST

I agree with Parzival. Batman movies just keep getting darker and darker. Enough.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Feb 2022 9:13 p.m. PST

wish DC would turn some lights on

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2022 10:22 p.m. PST

Adam West is the one and only true Batman!

Garand04 Feb 2022 7:20 a.m. PST

To be frank, most of the DC movies go under the radar for me. They want a piece of the Marvel CU success, without actually knowing what made the Marvel CU a success. So we keep getting reboots after reboots.


Deucey Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2022 8:53 a.m. PST

The 60s series is the best, by far. (It's free on Tubi by the way!)

If I want grim darkness, I'll turn to 40k.

DrSkull04 Feb 2022 9:41 a.m. PST

You can never have too much Batman. That's like saying that don't we have enough miniatures, it misses the whole point.

I signed up for HBOMax just so I could have access to maximum Batman. Keep it coming!

WarWizard05 Feb 2022 7:13 a.m. PST

Here are my favorites:
Batman – Adam West
Catwoman – Julie Newmar
Penguin – Danny DeVito
Joker – Heath Ledger
Riddler – Frank Gorshin

Don't have a favorite for these yet:
Robin, Poision Ivy, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze. Bane.

Zephyr105 Feb 2022 3:33 p.m. PST

I believe the reason the studios 're-boot' from the beginning is that the producers think their newest iteration will be the most superior version of them all, and that they'll get to do several more sequels. That, and they want to put their own stamp on the 'origin story' of the franchise. I chalk it up to laziness to come up with good plots/scripts…

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2022 4:09 p.m. PST

Warner/DC is going to keep defaulting to Batman because they don't have a lot else that has worked--especially on the big screen. And because they keep starting over. Disney/Marvel has done better at having an overall plan and sticking to it.

The good news is that there are a lot of workable approaches, stories and villains--including some they haven't tried yet.

I have fun with Sherlock Holmes, especially in radio drama where you can get three or four different takes on the same story.

Wolfhag06 Feb 2022 6:09 p.m. PST

I like vigilante movies and people taking the law into their own hands to dispense justice in their neighborhood. Batman, The Punisher, Dead Pool, etc.

Robert Patterson as Batman? The only thing he has in common with Batman is that he looks as if he were raised in a dark carve. I'll restrain myself from any other "politically incorrect" remarks.

+1 for Julie Newmar and Heath Leger.

Batman is smart, seizes the initiative and fair. I can relate to the Dark Side.


Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2022 11:53 a.m. PST

@War Wizard

Give Batman: The Animated Series a try. You may find some new favorites for your missing villains.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2022 1:38 p.m. PST

Been doing a rewatch of B:TAS, and I'm having fun discovering actors I've never associated with Batman who contributed to this series— including Kate Mulgrew (Mrs. Colombo, Star Trek: Voyager, Orange is the New Black) and Heather Locklear (TJ Hooker, Dynasty, Melrose Place, Spin City).
You never know who's gonna pop up in the credits (and you have to pause them to see the names, ‘cause they're up for only a second or two), even in relatively minor roles. Since it's all voice work, playing "who's that voice" is an interesting challenge. Sometimes the character art will give a clue (if the character is original to the series or episode).
In any case, for my money, it remains the best Batman— solid stories with characterization, drama, action, humor and even pathos, told in about 20 minutes. Now that is some tight writing!

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2022 5:39 p.m. PST

I met Adam West, Lee Merriweather, Yvonne Craig at a local Comicon decades ago. Julie Newmar was there … but her legs were bothering her and she went back to her hotel room.

The all had "aged" a little by then. But Lee & Yvonne looked pretty darn good ! They were all dressed up, like they were going on a date. Adam was dressed in jeans, plaid shirt, and a baseball cap. But … hey … he's The Batman …

Thresher0111 Feb 2022 5:10 p.m. PST

NO new ideas, sadly.

Lots of other great stuff that could be re-done, but hasn't, like the UFO TV series, as either a movie, or a series remake for example.

I prefer the original Batman series, and the movie with the same actors and actresses from back in the day.

Some of the remakes/offshoots have been okay, but I agree it IS being way overdone, just like Spiderman.

I've lost count of how many of each have been redone, and suspect I've seen half or less of them.

JimSelzer16 Feb 2022 2:11 a.m. PST

Batman has jumped the shark 2 times already

Zephyr116 Feb 2022 3:45 p.m. PST

He's also been eaten by one… ;-)

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